Letting go, and why your book is never really “finished.”

How do you know when you’re done writing a book? For most of us, after final editing, revisions, and fact checking, we’re done, and ready to release our writing. Some people, though, don’t want to let go, either from an attachment to the project, or wondering what will ever take the place of this tremendous accomplishment: writing a book.

Well, let it go ! There is always another new project, another exciting idea or opportunity around the corner. For example, my publisher has asked me to come out with a sequel to Release Your Writing, which is in the planning stages, but far from ready to release.

Reading about Ruth Reichl, editor of Gourmet Magazine and author of several wonderful memoirs, she faces the same issue – the books that are finished are never really finished:

“Reichl is also completing a cookie cookbook and production on the first season of “Adventures With Ruth,” in which Reichl visits cooking schools in Washington, New York, Tennessee, Mexico, Italy, England, Morocco, Brazil, Laos and China.

And after that?

She’s updating her most recent memoir, “Not Becoming My Mother,” ahead of its paperback reissue this spring. There’s also new copy to write for the reissues of Reichl’s earlier books, “Tender At the Bone” and “Comfort Me with Apples.” She’s a producer in the film production of “Garlic and Sapphires,” and she plans to write a fifth memoir about her years at Gourmet.”
(Source; KansasCity.com 10-07-09)

So, you see, there is always more writing, publishing, fun and marketing around the corner. So turn the page one last time on your current project, and see what life has in store for you next.


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